Swansea suffer Tate injury blow

14 March 2009 06:46
Stand-in skipper Alan Tate could miss Swansea City's crucial Championship run-in as Roberto Martinez's step up their play-off bid.The Swans defender was forced off at-half-time in their 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace due to an ankle injury.Swans boss Roberto Martinez fears Tate could be sidelined for eight weeks if he has ruptured ankle ligaments."It doesn't look good as Alan always plays through the pain but he had to come off this time," said Martinez.Former Manchester United trainee Tate has been playing as an emergency left-back for Swansea as regular left-back Marcos Painter is out for the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.Matty Collins replaced the 26-year-old at half-time but Fede Bessone is on the verge of a return from a knock and could fill in at left-back in Tate's absence.Club captain Garry Monk is also missing from Swansea's back-line due to a back injury but Martinez hopes the influential centre-back will recover for Tuesday's trip to QPR.Fans favourite Tate, who has been at Swansea since 2002, will undergo a scan to see if he has ruptured his ligaments or just twisted them."If he is lucky and it's a twisted ankle," said Martinez."That would probably be three weeks out but if it's ruptured, it could be between six and eight weeks."

Source: BBC_Sport